These are today's Birthday people....born November 11 in the years
ANNISTEEN ALLEN (1920 Champaiign Il)
Vcl with Lucky Millinder later solo with Fujiyama Mama etc
MOSE ALLISON (1927 Tippo Ms)
Jazz blues player popular in England for Baby Please Don't Go etc
ERNESTINE ANDERSON (1928 Houston Tx)
Jazz based songstress vcl with Lionel Hampton later solo on Mercury
LaVERN BAKER (1929 Chicago Il)
Along with Ruth Brown the premier femme R&B star on Atlantic
HANK GARLAND (1930 Cowpens SC)
Top guitarist hit with Sugarfoot Rag backed dozens C&W artists
BUDDY ACE (1936 Jasper Tx)
R&B vocalist rcd Peacock,Specialty etc career spanned into 60's
JACK KELLER ( 1936 Brooklyn NYC NY)
Lyricist wrote "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and other hits
NARVEL FELTS (1938 Keiser Ar)
Lately big C&W star but originally did RAB first rcd 1957 for Sun
.......and here are some folk who said their last goodbyes to us this
JEROME KERN (1945 New York City NY)
Great songwriter Ol' Man River,Smoke Gets In Your Eyes etc
ERSKINE HAWKINS (1993 Willingboro NJ)
Jazz trumpeter wrote Tuxedo Junction #1 R&B hit Don't Cry Baby
WADE RAY (1998 Sparta Il)
C&W vcl/fiddle player many releases on RCA Idaho Red etc
EVENTS OF THE DAY
NOVEMBER 11 1939
Kate Smith introduces the song "God Bless America" on her Armistice
Day radio show
NOVEMBER 11 1944
Frank Sinatra begins a long and and sometimes successful (tho later
often acrimonious in the Mitch Miller years) career with Columbia
Records this day
New on the Billboard best selling pop chart is "Dance With A Dolly"
Russ Morgan. New on the Folk (C&w) chart are "Write Me Sweetheart"
Roy Acuff and "There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder" and "I'm Wastin'
My Time Onb You" both by Tex Ritter
NOVEMBER 11 1950
Hank Williams appears on "The Grand Ole Opry" at the Ryman Auditorium,
Nashville, Tennessee. He performs "Moanin' The Blues" and "Nobody's
Lonesome For Me". Both numbers appear on "Live At The Grand Ole Opry"
(MGM LP MG1 5019 - 1976)
New on the Billboard best selling pop chart are "All My Love" Dennis
Day,"Nevertheless" Mills Brothers and "Harbor Lights" Bing Crosby. New
on the R&B chart are "Wedding Boogie" Johnny Otis Congregation,"Oh
Babe" Jimmy Preston & Burnetta Evans and "Bad Bad Whiskey" Amos
NOVEMBER 11 1954
Vera Lynn is at #1 on the UK chart with "My Son My Son"
NOVEMBER 11 1955
Elvis Presley is voted the most promising new country & western artist
by Billboard magazine
The Clovers have a session at Capitol Studios in New York City that
results in "Devil Or Angel"/"Hey Doll Baby" (Atlantic 1083, January
1956) and "Baby, Baby, Oh My Darling" (Atlantic 1118,December 1956).
Buddy Bailey is the lead singer on all three tracks.Produced by Ahmet
Ertegun and Jerry Wexler.
NOVEMBER 11 1956
Bing Crosby sings "True Love",Kate Smith sings "God Bless America"
and Julie Andrews sings a medley from her hit show "My Fair Lady" on
tonight's "Ed Sullivan Show"
Across on "The Steve Allen Show" Georgia Gibbs sings "Tra La La" and
"Let's Fall In Love". Also guesting are Jerry Lewis,Anita Ekberg,
Anthony Steel and Buster Crabbe
NOVEMBER 11 1957
New on the Billboard Top 100 are "Rock And Roll Music" Chuck Berry,
"Wun'erful Wun'erful" Stan Freberg,"Bony Moronie" Larry Williams,
"Peggy Sue" Buddy Holly,"Party Time" Sal Mineo,"The Story Of My Life"
Marty Robbins,"When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano" Pat
Boone,"Silhouettes" Diamonds,"You Bug Me Baby" Larry Williams and
"Got A Date With An Angel" Billy Williams.
Bill Haley & His Comets commence a series of sessions for Decca at the
Pythian Temple in New York City. Fourteen tracks are laid down most of
which end up on the LP "Rockin' Around The World" (Decca
DL 8692, March 17, 1958). The single "Mary Mary Lou"/" It's A Sin"
(Decca 30530, release date December 23) is waxed also.Personnel : Bill
Haley (vocals / rhythm guitar) ; Franny Beecher (lead guitar) ; Joe
Oliver Rusty Keefer (guitars) ; Billy Williamson (steel guitar) ; Rudy
Pompilli (tenor sax / clarinet) ; Johnny Grande (piano) ;Al Rex
(double bass) ; Ralph Jones (drums).Produced by Milt Gabler
Marie Adams and Johnny Otis join forces on "Bye Bye Baby" (Capitol
3852, December, b/w "Good Golly", from the August 19
session. Marie also records "All I Want Is Your Love", which is
overdubbed with the same audience tape that was used for "Ma! He's
Making Eyes At Me" on January 8, 1958. In the US this track will find
a place on the Various Artists album "Everybody Rocks!" (Capitol T
1025), in Europe it will be coupled with "The Light Still Shines In My
Window" from a future session for a single release in February 1958
(Capitol CL 14837, UK and Capitol HF 196, Holland). "Shuggie's Song"
from this session remains in the vaults.Personnel : Jimmy Nolen
(guitar) ; Curtis Counce (bass) ; Plas Johnson,Jackie Kelso (saxes) ;
Ray Johnson (piano) ; Earl Palmer (drums).Produced by Tom Morgan at
the Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
Onie Wheeler's total output for Sun Records (five tracks) is recorded
on three days in 1957 : November 11, November 22 and December 6.
"Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox"/"Tell 'Em Off" is eventually released
on Sun 315 in February 1959. "Walkin' Shoes", "That's All" and
"Bonaparte's Retreat" stay in the can until the release of Bear
Family BFX 15211 (Sun Records : The Country Years 1950-1959, 10-LP
box-set) in 1986.Musicians :Onie Wheeler (vocals / harmonica) ; Roland
Janes (guitar) ; Stan Kesler (bass) ; Jimmy Wilson (piano on November
11) ; Jimmy Smith (piano on November 22) ; Jimmy Van Eaton (drums) ;
Smokey Joe Baugh (drums on December 6). Produced by Jack Clement
and Bill Justis at the Sun studio in Memphis.
Thurston Harris (with "Little Bitty Pretty One") and The Diamonds
(with "Sihouettes") guest on "American Bandstand"
NOVEMBER 11 1958
A productive session for Hank Ballard & The Midnighters at the King
studio in Cincinnati. Of the eight songs recorded on this day,the most
famous is his recording of "The Twist" that is usually presented as
the original tho the real actual original was already languishing in
the vaults at Vee Jay and would do so for decades to come) but at the
time it was only thought of as a B-side, with "Teardrops On Your
Letter" as the top side (King 5171). Other tracks that became singles
are "Kansas City" (King 5195) and "Cute Little Ways"/"House With No
Windows" (King 5245). The remaining songs, "I'll Pray For You",
"Every-body Does Wrong Some Times" and "So Good To Be Home"
end up on the LP "The One And Only Hank Ballard And His Midnighters"
(King LP 674) in 1960.Backing by : Cal Green (guitar) ; Navarro
Hastings (electric bass) ; Edwyn Conley (bass) ; Sonny Thompson
(piano) ; Hank Moore (tenor sax) ; Ray Felder (tenor sax); George
DeHart (drums).Produced by Henry Glover and Syd Nathan.
Wade Flemons sings "Here I Stand" on "American Bandstand". Dave Appell
NOVEMBER 11 1959
James Brown records "I'll Go Crazy" in Cincinnatti
Conway Twitty continues with a four day session with Al Bruno (guitar)
Jack Nance (drums) and members of the Nashville A-team at Bradley
Studio in Nashville, produced by Jim Vienneau.This day sees "Lonely
Blue Boy" (the next single, MGM 12857) recorded plus "Can't We Go
Steady" and "Sorry" which appear on the LP "Lonely Blue Boy" (MGM SE
3818) in 1960.
Gene Pitney cuts the single "Please Come Back Baby", which will become
the first release under his own name (Festival 25002, February 1960).
The reverse is "I'll Find You", recorded on October 27.The record will
be reissued in October 1961.Produced by Herb Abramson.
Freddie Hart does an afternoon session at Bradley Studio in Nashville.
"The Key's In The Mailbox"/"Starvation Days" is the resulting single
(Columbia 41597), released in February 1960. A third track, "My Last
Dime", is saved from oblivion by Bear Family in 2004 (included on the
CD "Juke Joint Boogie", BCD 16727).Personnel : Freddie Hart (vocals /
guitar) ; Grady Martin, Harold Bradley (guitars) ; Jimmy Day (steel
guitar) ; Joe Zinkan (bass) ; Floyd Cramer (piano) ; Tommy Jackson
(fiddle) ; Buddy Harman (drums).Produced by Don Law.
Don French sings "Little Blonde Girl" and "I Look Into My Heart" on
NOVEMBER 11 1960
The Everly Brothers are back in the RCA Victor studio in Nashville to
record four tracks. "Ebony Eyes" is released as a single (Warner Bros
5199) on January 13, 1961,"Temptation" as Warner Bros 5220 on May
12, 1961. "Lonely Island" is first issued on the LP "Gone, Gone, Gone"
(WB 1585) in January 1965 and "Why Not" finally escapes the vault on
the UK compilation "The New Album" in 1977. Producer : Wesley Rose.
Little Willie John is the headliner at the Regal Theater in Chicago
Santo & Johnny ("Bullseye") guest on "American Bandstand"
NOVEMBER 11 1961
Elvis scores yet another #1 this time on the UK chart when "His Latest
Flame" dethrones Helen Shapiro and "Walkin' Back To Happiness" from
the top spot
In Washington, D.C.,Marvin Rainwater records his second Warwick
single, "Tough Top Cat"/"(There's A) Honky Tonk In Your Heart" (674),
possibly with Link Wray and the Raymen. Rleased in January 1962.
Produced by Ray Vernon.
NOVEMBER 11 1962
Robert Goulet and Phyllis McGuire appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Acknowledgement for recording session info used goes to Dik de Heer's
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